Timothy Ware Graduates to Lola in the National Tour of Kinky Boots

National Tour News   Timothy Ware Graduates to Lola in the National Tour of Kinky Boots
 
The Broadway production’s longtime understudy and swing now owns the lead role.
Timothy Ware
Timothy Ware

Timothy Ware, who has understudied five roles in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots going back to its opening in 2013, graduates to the lead role of Lola in the national tour, donning the red thigh-high boots February 28 in Spokane, Washington.

During Ware’s tenure as Lola standby on Broadway, he performed the role 186 times, according to press notes. He’s previously been seen across the country in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar. The role was created on Broadway by Tony Award winner Billy Porter.

Also featured in the national tour is Curt Hansen (Wicked, Next to Normal) as shoe factory owner Charlie Price, plus Rose Hemingway (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as Lauren, Aaron Walpole (Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Don, Katerina Papacostas (First Date) as Nicola, and Jim J. Bullock (Hairspray) as George.

Featured in the touring ensemble are Meryn Beckett, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Justin Colombo, Tami Dahbura, Tony d’Alelio, Alfred DalPino, John J. Dempsey, Madge Dietrich, Alex Dreschke, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Gavin Gregory, Landon Maas, Sebastian Maynard-Palmer, Ciarán McCarthy, Julia McLellan, Jacob Morrell, Mary Mossberg, Christian Mullins, Erica Peck, Xavier Reyes, Andy Richardson, Casi Riegle, Tom Souhrada, Dan Tracy, Robert Zelaya, and Sam Zeller.

Read: KINKY BOOTS CO-STARS TIMOTHY WARE AND EUGENE BARRY HILL ON LIFE TOGETHER ON AND OFF STAGE

Kinky Boots, won four Tony Awards including Best Book (Harvey Fierstein), Best Original Score (Cyndi Lauper), and Best Musical. According to program notes, “Kinky Boots takes you from a gentleman’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.”

The show has played more than 1,600 performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway.

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